Killing frost

Sunflowers ready for birds to eat up.
Sunflowers ready for birds to eat up.
Blackened marigolds
Blackened marigolds

Here we have two prime views of what the frost did at our house this weekend. We were not home for most of it, but knew it was coming and that there was nothing we would be able to do about it. Fall is in full swing and part of that is the frosts that kill off all of the plants that grow outside. We have had cold temperatures off and on, but on Thursday and Friday nights of last week, it was way below freezing so no use trying to save anything. As you can see behind the marigolds, we have cleaned out the garden of most plants. The tomatoes were long gone, on Thursday after school, we took out the peppers and the cucumbers and the fence that they were on. The only things of any significance are the carrots and beets. We covered them, though really you don’t need to do that. I will be pulling them on Thursday or Friday and blanching them to freeze. Perhaps not the carrots. You can keep them in the fridge for several months. We don’t have many of them as we have been eating them all summer. I am thinking that a good pot of stir fry would taste great tonight and that will use up a few of those carrots. A large pot of vegetable soup would take care of some of that too. Now to get something finished up today. I have been working on cleaning out the pantry, but not getting far with that.

Pots brought inside.
Pots brought inside.
Cosmos gone in the front yard.
Cosmos gone in the front yard.

We brought the potted plants inside the garage and house on Wednesday night and in some cases sooner as we were anticipating a frost that would kill them. The cosmos on the right are a good indication of how hard that frost was. I have taken seeds from most of the flowers so that I have some for next spring, but not these cosmos. I will need to get those picked clean this afternoon. Today it is absolutely beautiful. The sun is shining and really rather warm with very little wind, which is super nice. I sent all the cats outside as soon as the hunters to the north left with their dogs. On Saturday while we were in Fargo at a wedding, South Dakota had the opening day of pheasant hunting season for the year. Ah, those were the days when we used to come home and help out at the local café. It was a blast and we understood green eggs and ham. We made the eggs in a cast iron pan and if you were not careful with the heat, you seriously ended up with green eggs in some of the scrambled batches. Such fun we had!!

Paulina has the day off today because they finished up mid-terms on Friday. She was a great help yesterday when we came home from the wedding in Fargo. Jessica had a fundraiser supper and pie auction. Yes, Paulina made most of the pies. I opened up the crusts and put the fork holes into them. We bought the preformed crusts because we needed to be able to give up the tins anyway in the auction. Not many were totally homemade so we really didn’t feel all that badly about it. I did some of the mixing on the pumpkin, but Paulina did all of the chocolate and the apple. I did bring home canned apple pie filling, so that should count for something. James and I got on the road as the auction started. We pulled into town about 10 pm, so not too bad. Feels good to be at home in our own bed. A few more pictures to share of the yard.

Morning glories gone, holly hock survived, weird.
Morning glories gone, holly hock survived, weird.
The front yard last week Tuesday.
The front yard last week Tuesday.

The trees on the right have since lost the majority of their leaves. I took a video of that happening on Friday morning. It almost sounded like rain coming down. The birds were pretty active at the time too. Notice all of the leaves on the ground. I think Jaxon would have a great time playing in them. Wish he could come for a visit. I can’t believe how that holly hock survived. I suppose it was protected by the morning glories. I see we need to get the lights out of the middle of that mess.

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One thought on “Killing frost

  1. They always say that April is the cruelest month. I say it is the month that has the first frost!! Sometimes September, but most of the time October. I just do not like fall.

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